Animal Index 2

In nineteen hundred and sixty three

The winter was as cold as a winter could be,

And icicles hung from every tree,

     And everyone tried to keep warm.


A cat and a dog and some bantams, three

Lived at a house with a kind family,

And the bantams roamed the garden free

    And everyone tried to keep warm.


The bantams looked cold and the kind lady said:

“You can sleep in the house in your own little bed.

In this cold winter weather, we don’t want you dead.

    So sleep in my kitchen so warm.”


So snug in their box, away from Fred Fox,

Slept two little animals, hens and brown cock,

And nothing disturbed them, not even the clock,

     In this kitchen, so lovely and warm.


Then early next day they’d arise and away,

And it was so lovely, I really must say,

To see a dog and a cat and small bantams play,

    Then come back to the kitchen so warm.


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